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Le Pigeon
Le Pigeon

Le Pigeon Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lepigeon.com/
  • Phone: (503) 546-8796
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Every Night
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Gabriel Rucker
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th Avenue
  • Public Transit: #12 and #20 buses.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Le Pigeon
Le Pigeon serves adventurous French-inspired food, along with a varied selection of wines in an intimate dining room on Portland’s East Burnside Street. We take reservations at our communal tables, and offer our chef's counter for walk-ins.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Read great reviews about Le Pigeon and was expecting an amazing experience, Le Pigeon did not disappoint. If you can, sit at the chefs table (counter) where you can watch the action and talk to the chefs. Everything we ate was wonderful and everything we watched go out of the kitchen made us wish we could have eaten more! Loved it. Will definitely be back next time we are in Portland."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Chef Rucker's classical french cuisine has an edgy inflection and in-your-face attitude. The menu reflects the love of ingredients, conventional and unusual alike. The dishes are complex, but unified. The menu planning is creative and the execution disciplined. The servers and staff all knew their stuff, from menu and prep details to wine pairings and restaurant history. You can tell that everyone involved at Le Pigeon loves food and takes their job seriously, while at the same time delivering a very enjoyable food experience."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "For the last 7 years, Le Pigeon has been my "take the out of town guests for a nice dinner" restaurant and each time, my guests are never disappointed. I keep thinking the quality of the food will slip or the service will be abysmal because of the restaurant's stature but they never coast on their reputation alone. The portions are generous and the flavours are very robust. Reservations are for communal tables and at times, the noise level can make conversation difficult. It seems that the menu has opened up to include vegetarian items but it is not heavily marked with asterisks and crosses indicating vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free so it might be best to ask the server if it's a concern. Overall, I wonderfully delicious experience"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Had the 7 course tasting menu with the "Reserve" wine pairing. Super way to try something new, the wines were spot on for each dish. Knowledgeable, friendly staff, super nice. Only had two issues, the excessive amount of time between the 2nd and 3rd and 4th courses and the "foie gras" profiterole. I the profiterole just seemed like someone wanted to put two trending items together (salted caramel and foie gras). Perhaps something more focused would be in order."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Overall the meal was great but appetizer portion was small for sharing. Salad was awesome, one dinner was a port chop and I would not recommend it again. It was tough and the diner took it home for the dog. The fish was a small portion but the diner liked it, the Beef Cheeks were awesome, best thing on the menu. There are other places I would recommend at these prices."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Le Pigeon has a national reputation and it is worth a visit just to see what all the hoopla is about. Yes, the foie gras profiteroles are both innovative and delectable, but there are other items on the frequently updated menu worth writing home about. We tried two moderately priced wines and, while very different, would order either of them again on another visit. We all enjoyed the energy of the restaurant and the service was very good."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The foie gras appetizer was really really good, but everything else was just okay, not the amazing flavors and excitement we were hoping for. And especially not at these prices. We were a party of four and shared appetizers and dessert and a moderately priced ($50) bottle of wine and the bill came to $260 before tip! I guess for me there is just so much better food in Portland that isn't so over the top. I've been to Little Bird and it's better!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Amazing food and service; lovely spot. Le Pigeon is a favorite."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We loved the pigeon appetizer. It was cooked perfectly and paired with unique items that blended and spiced up the dish. One of our favs!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I can't say much else besides that this was one of the best meals of my life. So good in fact, that my fiance and I made a reservation for the next time we would be eating there WHILE we were still there eating! So, so outstanding. Also, sit at the bar if you get a chance and watch the cooking magic happen right before your eyes! These folks are pros!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Seating is communal (which I enjoy) and they don't have a full bar (so no cocktails, just beer and wine). I ordered the butter lettuce, which was simple but good. Next was the pork chop which was absolutely delicious, with the taste of apricot, endive and goat cheese mingling very well. Why then did I only give Le Pigeon a 3 for food? My husband had the fried gnocchi and they were a complete disaster. He was actually physically ill that night. I was so disappointed because I really wanted to love this resto - the people sitting next to us got the tasting menu and everything looked divine. In the end, though, I believe a restaurant of this caliber should be proud of everything it serves and so those gnocchi should just NOT be on the menu!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Not a place to be missed if visiting Portland! it is simply the most delightful course menu I have had in a long time. Every dish was enjoyable. The pigeon was delicious! the foie gras ice cream profiterole was to die for. Least favorite dish was the salmon (a bit salty for me, but my hubs liked it). Sitting at the bar is super fun to watch all the kitchen action. It is a small place so best to make reservations for sure. Our only regret is getting the 5 course menu instead of the 7 course menu because we simply couldn't get enough of this delicious food! Would return to Portland just to eat here. LOVE LOVE LOVE"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I brought my 16 year old grandson here to celebrate the end of the school year and acknowledge his four years of French. It was perfect! The communal tables give a casual feeling, but there's nothing casual about the sauces and foi gras-it's precise perfection! The appetizers seemed even more complex and creative than the entrees, so definitely don't skimp and jump straight to the lovely entrees. At another table we saw a hamburger ($14.00 on menu) served so there truly is something divine for every budget. p.s. Grandson was blown away!!!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Almost everything about LePigeon was nice except the second entree we ordered, the pork shoulder. Which was very very tough and should have been prepared with more care ... the issue was not that I am being picky ... but that if I am going to pay as much as LePigeon charges the meal should be nearly perfect and because of that plate it was not. The squab was fantastic ... that must be noted ..."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This is the second time I've been here and the experience is hard to beat. The food is amazing and a little goes a long way. No need for huge portions because saving some room for dessert is worth it!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My son and I enjoyed dinner at Le Pigeon. We were there to celebrate his college graduation. The service was warm and friendly, yet unobtrusive. The décor is lovely; like stepping into someone's home. We enjoyed a beautiful 7-course meal, although I'm certain we were served 8 or 9 plates. Every dish was almost too beautiful to eat. However, we savored every bite from every plate. The use of fresh herbs and unusual combinations of fresh ingredients left such a pleasant memory on the tongue, we are still talking about our fabulous meal two days later! Each course effortlessly led to the next with flavors complementing and contrasting at every taste. We are already planning and saving for our next experience at Le Pigeon!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great urban place, sitting next to other people at long tables or at the bar makes you feel cozy and at home. Outstanding interior. Food is great but the meat courses very stuffy and rich. Would always visit it again when staying in Portland."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Best meal of the year. The burger and the beef cheeks were amazing."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Reservations is highly recommended, weeks in advance if you want to chose your dining time. The smaller the party, the easier you can get a reservation. This place is tiny! We ordered everything that had foie gras. Had the pork and fish for dinner. All the dishes were prepared perfectly. Our favorite was the Best pork we have ever had!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The chef tasting menu with wine parings is wonderful, I highly recommend letting them steer the meal."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Good food but the restaurant needs a redesign inside. The music was terrible and the staff did not work well in the small space. Too bad because the food is good. I'd recommend Beast instead- similiar fare and better ambiance and service."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Wonderful food and the service was outstanding just the right potions of carefully prepared dishes"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The atmosphere was great and the space was beautiful! The food was pretty good. My complaint would be that we got the tasting menu and everything we got was on the regular menu. We've done several tasting menus and it has always been something special that isn't available otherwise."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We have read the reviews from people and were excited to go to Le Pigeon. It was different atmosphere which We don't mind at all but our food was EXTREMELY SALTY that it burn our mouth, We could not taste the meat, the price was over price."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food was perfect, wait staff attentive, cozy atmosphere. In one word, fantastic!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "One of the best meals I've had in Portland in a long time. The service was absolutely top-notch without an ounce of pretension. The burger (which we shared as an appetizer) was one of the best I've ever had. The entrees and dessert were spectacular as well. This place earns its reputation. I can't believe this was my first time dining here - I have a lot of make up to do!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "For food this good, you want to be able to focus on it and not feel obligated to chat with the folks next to you. When having a meal of average food, it's great to enjoy meeting and visiting with new people. However, the food at Le Pigeon is too good, so not a fan of communal seating and will sit at the chef's counter next time. We had the 5 course with wine pairings. Divine."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I've always loved Gabriel Rucker's creative cooking at Le Pigeon. It's crowded, and noisy, and I'm not always in love with the dessert menu. Still these are relatively minor caveats when presented with such superlative first and second courses. My friends, both of whom were dining there for the first time, loved their Beef Cheeks Bourgignon. The fois gras (with melon, proscuitto and grapes) was deemed superb by one friend, and the crab and artichoke toast with arugula, sea bean and lemon tempura was a fantastic first course for me and the other friend. Corned Lamb Shoulder with potato, cabbage cream, huckleberries and horseradish was a delicious revelation. We chose an excellent Languedoc Rose. An exceptional meal."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "One of the most accommodating and delicious dining experiences I've had in the past year. I would go so far as to say it was a damn-near perfect meal. The pigeon was one of the most memorable meals I've ever had."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Love the French cuisine, restaurant is small, but quaint. Good atmosphere, with the exception being forced to mingle with people not of my liking. The food was amazing, & I am looking forward to trying more of the menu, particularly the multi course meals. Will definitely be going back"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "From the bread to wine pairing through the entree and ending with dessert it was an amazing dinning experience!!!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Our party of 5 had a memorable evening. The food, the wine, and the service were great."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "If you have been playing with the idea of eating here stop thinking about it and just do it. The food first of all was so delicious, well thought out, clean and beautiful. There have not been many meals in my life that I will never forget and this is one of them. The chef has most def put his whole heart and mind to the grind stone in this restaurant and it shows through the food and by the way the cooks prepare and carry themselves in the kitchen. Lets not forget the service, from the moment you walk in they are warm and welcoming. They were craftsman at providing a service that was not overbearing but always there and attentive when you needed. And their knowledge of the wine was out of this world. Like I said before DON'T miss this gem!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Tasting menu was superb! Staff was engaging, helpful, pleasant and informed. Delightful experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This was by far, the most memorable dining experience that we had during an eleven day Oregon vacation! We sat at the bar and watched Chef Rucker work his magic, and that only added to the evening. Food is innovative and everything was delicious. Be sure to try the foie gras profiteroles for dessert. Service was exemplary. Reserve well in advance so that you don't miss out on this restaurant. Would go back in a heartbeat...highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I've never had beef cheek before, and I wasn't sure I ever would. It was tender and the potatoes were creamy and fabulous. The alcohol was a little pricey, but it's worth it if you're already eating there."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great food as always, but I really hate the new community table layout. I like to visit the restaurant on special occasions and it's difficult to have a private conversation over dinner when strangers are seated right next to you. Community tables look great in photos and probably even better for the restaurant because they can pack us in like sardines, but the diner experience suffers in my opinion. I don't want to be shoulder to shoulder with a stranger when I'm spending $150 on dinner. I really wish the layout would return to individual tables."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary and they made it a very special evening."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Le Pigeon was fabulous the first time my girlfriend and I dined there last year. We celebrated our one year anniversary there this year and it was even better! The food was freshly prepared and tasty to the last bite. The wine pairings were spot on (4 out of 5 were) and the service was above average. I would recommend the tasting menu paired with the wines."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Great accommodating service. Food could have been 5 stars except for a few minor nit picks, but since I believe 5 stars is perfect and I only have a choice of 4 or 5, 4 it is. Otherwise, I would have given a 4.6, but that isn't possible. The pigeon breast offered that evening should not be missed. The foie gras profiteroles stuffed with foie gras ice cream is beyond normal expectations even for a restaurant of this reputation. I would rank it with Rich Table in San Francisco, but without the SF healthy surcharge and tax, plus much friendlier service. Be aware the chef is very much into vivid contrasts. His sauces are very assertive, so a little goes a long way. Don't hesitate to go to Le Pigeon!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014